The “intergalactic” importance of standards

The “intergalactic” importance of standards

The PARTHENOS Project is pleased to add another video to its suite of training resources this week.  “The Adventures of Mork and Tork : Why Standards?” introduces us to two loveable aliens, Mork and Tork, who demonstrate the importance of Standards, not only in data, but also in everyday life.

Mork and Tork image 9Mork and Tork were the creation of the Work Package on Standardization within the PARTHENOS project, with a script written by Dorian Seiller and Richard James, and were initially published as a colourful brochure with graphics by French artist, Agathe Gastaldi.  Such was the popularity of the aliens that PARTHENOS felt it merited reaching a wider audience as an animated video.

This video, using the original designs by Gastaldi, has now been produced by Trinity College Dublin (TCD), with voice over work from colleagues in TCD, INRIA in France, FHP in Germany, and SISMEL in Italy, making it available in four languages.  All four versions are available on the PARTHENOS Training Suite:, as well as from the PARTHENOS YouTube channel.

“We continue to try to find new ways to demonstrate the issues that we discuss in our training materials, and we were so impressed with the brochure that INRIA had produced, we felt it was perfect for creating a fun and shareable video that would introduce people to the concepts of data standards” says Dr. Jennifer Edmond, leader of WP7 in PARTHENOS, dealing with Training.

A YouTube playlist of all four videos can be found here:

Date: February 22, 2018